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The Quest to Make Super-cold Quantum Blobs in Space

On a frigid day last January in northern Sweden, a German-led team of physicists loaded a curious machine onto an unmanned rocket. The payload, about as tall as a single-story apartment, was essentially a custom-made freezer—a vacuum chamber, with a small chip and lasers within, that could cool single atoms ...

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Trump Hasn’t Signed a Space Force Into Being—Yet

After months of teasing a new military arm devoted to extra-stratospheric security, President Donald Trump publicly ordered the Department of Defense and the Pentagon to immediately begin establishing a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces on Monday. Well, maybe. The president’s statement was not accompanied by ...

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Space Photos of the Week: A Cruise Around Mars’ Hale Crater

Mars isn’t short of interesting craters, but Hale Crater has a lot going on. It’s a fairly large impact crater running almost 62 miles across, featuring recurring slope lineae (elements that are seasonal and some think are linked to liquid water) and active gullies. The greenish blue is colored bedrock, ...

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Space Photos of the Week: Mars Gets Pac Man Fever

We are bopping around the entire universe this week, but our first stop is local—let’s head to Mars. When you think of Mars, you might imagine red-tinted deserts and craggy red rocks. But you should also think of Pac Man. This week NASA released an image of a crater-dune combination ...

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Space Photos of the Week: Juno Helps Jupiter Show Off Its Stripes

The Juno spacecraft took this close-up photo of Jupiter’s temperate belts during its latest orbit on February 7. Jupiter is known for these stripes, which are actually separations in the atmosphere caused by weather patterns and variations in chemical composition. The spacecraft was only 5,000 miles above the cloud tops ...

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